Dear readers, it gives me great pleasure to announce that broadband is officially more widespread that dial-up.
I have to admit, it has taken less time than I thought – especially considering BT’s elongated role out – but the good old Office for National Statistics has confirmed a mere 49.2 per cent of us are stir crazy for holding onto our antiquated dial up connections, while a positively overwhelming 50.7 per cent are sharp minded speed freaks.
Ok, so the numbers are pretty close, but with the balance finally tipped and the vast majority of exchanges broadband enabled across the land, it is the beginning of the end for Mr Crrrrshhh Urrrrrr Crrrrshhh Psshhhhh Ding Crrrrshhh Urrrrrr. Pretty remarkable when you take into account that more than 99 per cent of us were crawling at 5.6Kbps in 2001.
Adding to the celebratory mood is news that BT has done the decent thing and upgraded its “Broadband Basic” customers to 2Mbps. The initial upgrades were made back in February and it is nice to see everyone on an even footing (excluding the likes of me who lives in London and therefore is about to upgrade his one year old 4Mbps line to 8Mbps – hehe).
So now we know how far we have come and what’s happening now let’s take a little jump into the future. We all know ADSL2+ is coming this winter and some of us may be lucky enough to be signed up for early trials of the service as part of their new 8Mbps contracts (yes, that’d be me!), but how does 100Mbps in 2006 strike you?
After all, that’s what Finnish firm Teleste is crowing about today thanks to its new EttH (Ethernet-to-the-Home) technology. Depending on location, Teleste believes it will only cost between $60 and $240 to hook up a home to its lightening fast connection, the kind of cost ISPs have been swallowing for years. Whether we’ll see it as soon as Teleste suggests remains to be seen, but we will know more once Dutch cable provider Essent finishes trialling it in the next few months.
It’s time to celebrate! If you see your old dial up modems lying around pass on a hearty foot stamping from me :)